Award-wining historian Edmund Morgan relates the hardships and triumphs of the Puritan
movement through this vivid account of its most influential leader, John Winthrop
. This indispensable text follows Winthrop from when he caught the fever of Puritanism in England to the dilemma that still lingers in the air of Democracy today: what responsibility does a religious person owe to the society he lives in, in Winthrop's case the Massachusetts Bay
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The Puritans were highly religious people who dissented from the Church of England and sought freedom of worship in the New World. John Winthrop was one of the leaders of the Pilgrims in their settlement in Plymouth beginning in 1620. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was chartered in England and included the settlements near Boston.